Virtual Issue: In Memoriam John L Harper


Edited by Mike Hutchings, David Gibson and Richard Bardgett

John L Harper was a formidable plant ecologist and teacher who revolutionized our discipline and had a huge impact on its development as a modern science.
He inspired generations of young researchers and will be remembered with great affection and gratitude by plant ecologists throughout the world.

Following his death in March 2009, the Editors of Journal of Ecology delved into the journal's archives to compile and highlight once more some of his classic contributions in this Virtual Issue. A tribute to John L Harper was published in the journal by Roy Turkington in September 2009.


The individual in the population
Harper, J.L. (1964)
Journal of Ecology, 52, 149-158

The behaviour of seeds in soil. I. The heterogeneity of soil surfaces and is role in determining the establishment of plants from seed
Harper, J.L., Williams, J.T. and Sagar, G.R. (1965)
Journal of Ecology, 53, 273-286

A Darwinian approach to plant ecology. Presidential Address, British Ecological Society
Harper, J.L. (1967)
Journal of Ecology, 55, 247-270

Correlated changes in plant size and number in plant populations
White, J. and Harper, J.L. (1970)
Journal of Ecology, 58, 467-485

The reproductive strategy of higher plants. I. The concept of strategy with special reference to Senecio vulgaris L.
Harper, J.L. and Odgen, J. (1970)
Journal of Ecology, 58, 681-698

Occupation of biological space during seedling establishment
Ross, M.A. and Harper, J.L. (1972)
Journal of Ecology, 60, 77-88

Studies on plant demography: Ranunculus repens L., R. bulbosus L. and R. acris L. I. Population flux and survivorship
Saruhkan, J. and Harper, J.L. (1973)
Journal of Ecology, 61, 675-716

The regulation of plant and density in a grass sward
Kays, S. and Harper, J.L. (1974)
Journal of Ecology, 62, 97-105

Interference in dune annuals: spatial pattern and neighbourhood effects
Mack, R. and Harper, J.L. (1977)
Journal of Ecology, 65, 345-363

The demography of a sand dune annual: Vulpia fasciculata. I. The natural regulation of populations
Watkinson, A.R. and Harper, J.L. (1978)
Journal of Ecology, 66, 15-33

The growth, distribution and neighbour relationships of Trifolium repens in a permanent pasture. II. Inter- and intra-specific contact
Turkington, R. and Harper, J.L. (1979)
Journal of Ecology, 67, 219-230

The growth, distribution and neighbour relationships of Trifolium repens in a permanent pasture. IV. Fine scale biotic differentiation
Turkington, R. and Harper, J.L. (1979)
Journal of Ecology, 67, 245-254

Competition and the formation of spatial pattern in spacing gradients
Franco, M. and Harper, J.L. (1988)
Journal of Ecology, 76, 959-974

Demographic studies of a dioecious tree. I. Colonisation, sex and age structure of a population of Salix cinerea
Alliende, M.C. and Harper, J.L. (1989)
Journal of Ecology, 77, 1029-1047

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